What to Look For in a Leaf Blower

Looking for a way to sweep your yard? Unbeatable cord, optimal engine formula, weight, noise, and ability to deal with various weather conditions – these are just some of the things to consider when you are shopping for a leaf blower. What should you look for in a leaf blower and how do you know that you are getting a great leaf blower for your needs.

What is so different about a leaf blower that sets it apart? The best leaf blowers should be powerful enough to move even a large yard with leaves in it. It should also be lightweight enough to use for multiple users. If the weight of the leaf blower is too much then the user will be catcher down and not be able to move around and get the job done. The noise level of the leaf blower should also be considered in light of the fact that some debris can be loud and very annoying. If you are shopping for cordless leaf blowers and you are thinking about getting one with a low power rating then be sure to also check the noise level.

Making the selection process of a leaf blower much easier, try to find out the type of mulching attachment that will come with the blower. Mulching attachments are about 2 feet long sections of metal that are made to be rolled onto your lawn and shredded all the debris of your yard into a fine mulch. Some leaf blowers have mulching attachments with quick release that fit into a 50-gallon plastic holder. This is a very convenient way to gather debris for your yard. The amount of work that leaves can rack up depending on how trees are mulched is really formidable. Be sure to ask about the ability of the leaf blower to mulch your wood chips into a beautiful wood chip that is good for your yard. The wood chips will nourish your yard and help keep it healthy. Another great option is charcoal saving surputedly that is a way to get rid of microorganisms and other unwanted microorganisms. Doing this can be very beneficial to your overall yard and the environment around you. The sizing of the blower is also an important consideration. The larger blowers are meant for bigger yards and bigger jobs or are usually 30 horsepower or more. This is always a good choice although some may prefer a little bit smaller leaf blower for smaller jobs. The advantage of a larger-sized blower is that the engine is usually more powerful to make the job go faster.

In most cases, a unit that is powered by an engine will work best. If there is no electrical power available in the area where you want to use the leaf blower, then an electric model works just fine. The electric-powered leaf blowers are lighter and much easier to maneuver than their engine offerings. They are also more efficient and quiet for home use. There is also the option of a gas-powered leaf blower, which is great for those that need a powerful blower for an extended period. The gas-powered blowers have the advantage that they can go all day long, all night long on the leaves without the slightest of obstacles. Another great feature that gas-powered blowers have is the fact that there is usually oil to use. This will ensure that the mower is constantly lubricated as the job progresses. This is great for those that hate wasting extra gas or are used to spending gas money just maintaining their lawn.

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

If your cabinets are looking kind of weary, but they’re still structurally sound, there’s no reason to spring for a full kitchen remodeling. You can either paint the entire cabinets or reface them with new doors and drawer fronts and paint the boxes. While painting kitchen cabinets isn’t that hard, several steps need to be included in the process. Leave any of these steps out and your results could be lacking – and if you’re going to go to this trouble, you may as well get good-looking cabinets. So below we present our list of tips on how to paint kitchen cabinets.

The first thing you want to do is remove the cabinet doors and drawers, even if you’re just painting and not refacing. This will make the job much easier and allow for a much cleaner-looking finish. Of course, you’ll need to remove all the food, dishes, and other items in storage in the cabinets. Being that a kitchen is a place where there is a lot of moisture and grease, the next thing you want to do is completely clean the cabinets. Omitting or not taking this step seriously enough is where many people’s cabinet painting jobs go awry. The paint will not stick to greasy dirt (and no matter how meticulous a housekeeper you are, your cabinets will have some greasy dirt on them), so you have to get the cabinets as clean as possible before moving on to the next step.

Next, you need to sand the cabinetry down. This will remove the gloss of the previous finish and provide what’s called “tooth” for the new paint to adhere to. Use fine sandpaper – 150 grit or higher, and be sure to get all the areas that will be painted. When done, be sure to remove all the sawdust with a wet rag or a tack cloth.

Now you need to apply primer. You might be tempted to go directly to the paint here, but resist. If you skip the primer, the painted cabinets will likely, over time, begin to peel or chip from contact with the doors or dishes, etc. Also, if you’re going from a darker to a lighter color the primer will allow you to use fewer finish coats because the primer seals the darker color in. The type of wood and finish you’re covering and the type of paint you’ll be using for the final coat will affect your choice of primer, so speak to the paint guy when buying.

Finally, you can apply the paint. Two or three thin coats are vastly superior to one thick one. If you have the equipment, go ahead and spray the cabinets, but a brush will work just fine. Remember – multiple thin coats! Sanding lightly with the finest sandpaper you can find between coats will help make the final finish smoother, but this step is not required. If you do it, be sure to remove the sanding residue before applying the next coat, however.

That’s it for our little tutorial 🙂 Put your repainted or brand new doors back on and enjoy your reinvigorated kitchen. If it sounds like too much trouble you can always hire a painter. You’ll still be saving big bucks over the cost of a new kitchen.